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3 days ago

Great hike lots snow last 10min hike.4/15/2018

hiking
3 days ago

Did this hike on 4-14-18. It rained the whole time, some of the trail was washed out but manageable. Tons of snow at the top which had me wishing I had brought my snowshoes. Overall a super beautiful hike, was surprised how many others braved the weather for it!

Went in the rain. Super wet trail. Lots of creeks and rock hopping to cross. Still a lot of snow towards the top which could be a tad slippery with some sink holes. Beautiful hike nonetheless

Amazing! This is a must do. The experience is great. It can be a little rough once you reach the rocks, but the top is so totally worth it. Moderate is a great description of this trail, depending on conditioning, and can be challenging at spots for some. The top is worth it!!

didn't make it to the lake due to snow pack but very pretty

hiking
13 days ago

A bit confused at the rating of this one, perhaps we just tried to enter at the wrong spot,..The path down from the GPS marking, just past the single lane bridge, is incredibly steep and was not puppy friendly. Even on a dry day, people were having to scoot down the decline on their rear ends.

Perhaps we will revisit and try to decent on the other side of the bridge, though there are lots of other options in the area to visit first.

beautiful hike especially with the snow. can't wait to do it in the summer.

Always a good hike. Very wet for the first mile. About 3/4 way up is all packed snow, a bit slippery. We made it without micro spikes or poles, but one or both would have been very helpful. Make sure to bring proper foot ware. At the lake, the sun popped out and we were able to witness (and hear) 4 or 5 mini avalanches across the lake.

hiking
20 days ago

An awesome trail with a great reward at the end. It's the hardest trail I've done, and will definitely keep going back. It's a hard trail, and that's what makes it fun. Bring hiking poles, you'll need them.

nice hike. still lots of snow but well worth it

3/24. Snow on the ground. Make sure you have gloves to get down under the bridge, your hands will be very cold from the cable. Lots of people on bridge taking pictures, beautiful views looking down. Very muddy on the trails.

Amazing view, worth the hike.

hiking
28 days ago

nice hike snow and icey about 3/4 of the way up so be careful..lake is frozen over but the views where spectacular

hiking
1 month ago

Sunrise hike here is amazing!

It’s a nice trail.

Hiked to Lake 22 on Saturday and the parking lot was full and slightly icy. Had to park across the street in the entrance of the second lot, as that was completely covered in snow and a car got stuck trying to go in. The hike is really pretty easy, definitely icy and lots of snow. The lake is starting to thaw and there was a high avalanche warning, but it seemed safe to me. Super beautiful!

Mostly incline, but manageable. Nice tranquil hike, well maintained, well marked, no bathroom facilities. Parking off road.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful day for a beautiful hike. Mix of dirt, water, slush and snow. Threw on the spikes about a quarter miles from the lake just to get there faster. Lots of people and a tight trail when you have to pull off to let people pass, you’ll go down a snow hole.

03/11/18 - Beautiful as always. Lots of snow for a majority of the hike, a mix between slush at the bottom and packed at the top. Poles were helpful and I did not have trouble without microspikes, although there would definitely be benefits to having them.

Bring sunglasses!

Really beautiful! The bridge is amazing in itself! Gorgeous out there today.

Went here on 2/24/18 it was a chilly day with on and off snow. Firstly park close to the bridge, which is a one lane, secondly walk to the start of the bridge go over the side by guard rails. there is a little path down to the trail, it's a cable and can be slippery in snow if you're now wearing correct shoes. We went left and saw the car and some building structure, but it's a beautiful view of the river! Loved it!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Woo! Quite the buttkicker in that much snow!! Heather lake is completely covered and the pup and I had it all to ourselves until a crying baby showed up! Gorgeous day in all well worth the workout to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice moderate trail. The access road was a little treacherous and I would not attempt without 4 wheel drive. The hike is manageable with micro spikes, but snowshoes would be best. There is deep powder about half way up the trail with a lot of post holing. The lake area was all covered with snow, but still had pretty views.

trail running
1 month ago

I ran this trail in the evening and there was a pretty good crowd but everyone was very gracious in letting me get by. It was a challenging run but nothing too crazy. The payoff at the top is worth the burn, such a gorgeous scene!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up to the lake today, the parking lot was full, very snowy and hard to drive up to. Recommend a 4WD vehicle. We watched a Subaru Outback spin and have to be be pushed out of the parking lot. The hike was moderate and completely covered in snow. Micro spikes weren’t needed, but were helpful on the way down. There were lots of dogs and friendly people on the trail. We didn’t have too much visability but it was still beautiful! A good calf workout :)

1 month ago

beautiful breath taking view .
don't stop keep going till you get to the lake ,
please be prepared a lot of snow .
be cautious and have fun .

Great moderate trail , go during the week or early on the weekend 6am.

Hiked Monday 19Feb. What a beautiful hike in the snow. The access road was very snowy and loaded with deep potholes but passable. The trail was well maintained and very easy to follow especially considering the blast of snow the mountain got this weekend. Crampons or micros are nice to have but not necessary. We didn't wear ours at all on the way up and only wore them on the descent because they were new and we wanted to try them out. The snow just made everything that much more beautiful. My tracker said 4.5 miles in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked Heather trail on presidents day. The weather was gorgeous but cold!!!! The trail was covered in snow from start to finish. Hiking boots were necessary, crampons were a bonus but not needed. The first half is pretty easy and then the switchback and elevation began for the second half. Heather Lake was gorgeous. Would definitely do again!

hiking
1 month ago

More of a swim than a hike. Lots of character! Wear wool socks.

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